asga 5 months ago
This rubber is the best and trendiest Chinese rubber I have ever used on forehand. Power loop monster. Absolutely monstrous for the plastic ball with Falco Long Term Booster for full fledged power looping shots. National version blue sponge is probably somewhat faster than the Commercial one. Orange sponge commercial can be boosted (3-4 layers Falco wait for more than one week) into a very fast kick sponge type of rubber, similar to tensors actually if you get it right.
Boosted on a fast blade (carbon or wood type depends on playing style) probably the best 729 rubber for the plastic ball era. kourosz' review is very accurate and thorough, although I find the flat hit smashes very fast when boosted and feel no speed limit disadvantage in this respect. Battle 2 is surprisingly light considering its sponge density. I had some fears it would be as heavy as 729-08 or DHS Hurricane NEO 2, but I was totally wrong, This is an advantage for most players. Battle 2 is e.g. much lighter and way better in all respects than 729-08 and likely 729-08 es too. Battle 2 requires full commitment and determination of all shots, but then you get much reward. Battle 2 will keep the same characteristics if I protected in thin plastic and if the surface is cleaned very often with a clean new kitchen wipe sponge just used for that purpose. The rubber is a favorite due to its overall character of adaption to poly balls, low price -->change often, nice cunning and diving loops, nasty kicks on slow loops, fast enough overall, huge back spin possible on e.g. serves which gives many "easy" points. Battle 2 is very enjoyable and a great if you like Chinese polyball era rubbers.
kourosz on 5/13/2016
This is my first try of Battle II, so I need more time to conclude, but in overall this is a very good rubber. I should mention that I'm a top grade player in my state. Recently, I decided to change my equipment from Euro/Japanese rubbers to Chinese because of new plastic balls. So, I have tested many Chinese tacky rubbers from different companies even the National versions. At the end, I found this rubber as my No 1 choice and DHS Hurricane 8 as No 2.
I'm using a Stiga Infinity VPS blade and I haven't tested the rubber on other blades.
Forehand loop on topspin: Very consistent. You can hardly miss.
Forehand loop against backspin: Very Easy. This is the best rubber I have ever tried. In practice, I had only 5 mistakes out of 100 in a row.
Serve: Again the best rubber in my opinion. Short serves can be produced with huge spin.
Return of Serve: Very good. Hurricane 8 is slightly better.
Speed: It's not a super fast rubber, but reasonable. If you are an offensive player, you'll have no problem. It's obviously faster than Hurricane 8 and most of Euro/Japanese rubbers when looping.
Look: Quite impressive for a $20 rubber. The characteristics still the same as the first day after 3 weeks. I guess it will last for another 3 weeks at least.
Production quality: I found an inconsistency in the top edge of the rubber after cut. I believe it's because of vacuum and packaging. Hopefully the next ones won't have this problem.
I'm using this rubber without any booster. I guess it will be even better in this case.
I recommend it to all offensive loopers.
Conclusion: One of the best rubbers for forehand and offensive players. Very consistent and forgiving. The only downside is when you smash or send a strong fast loop. I know this is because of the change from Euro rubbers. Now, I'm more comfortable in comparison to 3 weeks ago. Except from this issue, Battle II is a fantastic rubber and I'm enjoying table tennis more than the past.
rsalv83 on 6/20/2019
Great rubber with very respectable speed and great spin. Using red 2.1mm as a FH rubber and am very happy with it. The tackiness has remained pretty much the same after about 4 months of playing 7-8 hours a week. Pairs well with my OFF blade but you'd better have good technique because it is pacier than most Chinese rubbers and is noticeably faster than my 729-08 black 2.1mm. Has been great for my spin offensive forehand and I highly recommend this rubber!
Ouchy on 3/7/2019
Strong rubber for looping and counter looping. Need more effort and body movement against backspin. Great speed in rally, quite bouncy when blocking. Nice attacking rubber. Probably the best rubber of 729 so far...
FLORIDA_OFFENSE on 10/15/2018
I don't have enough words to describe this beauty. It is a dream come true for a flat hitter .. a smasher.. a destroyer.. a player who takes no nonsense.. a player who attacks spins.. loops and even hard smashes .. counter-punching and destroying the opponents. This is rubber for a player with violent destructive mindset that can't be tamed or trained. An uncontrollable beast waiting to be unleashed.
After 4-5 hours of play, extreme tackiness wears off a bit. It's then when rubber comes alive. An insane Chinese dragon awakes from a deep slumber...
So if you are a street cat, a raw fighter.. a tt club geek with a nasty attitude.. who wants to destroy all club players.........
This Rubber was Made for you!!!!
To the 729 Friendship and happiness... Burn your T-energy...
Go get this $20 chinese rubber for your Iron plated nuclear rated forehand. You'll never play with german or japanese rubbers ever again. It's my Guarantee!!